Artificial Intelligence

Published in News on 4/19/2018

Like researchers trying to find the new antidote to the current flu strain, researchers constantly look for new ways to enhance our lives and livelihoods with the latest technological innovations.

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Technology morphs as readily and easily as the flu virus.  Like researchers trying to find the new antidote to the current flu strain, researchers constantly look for new ways to enhance our lives and livelihoods with the latest technological innovations. 

AI – artificial intelligence and artificial intelligent machines are taking a front-row seat getting a lot of recognition from private and government sectors.   Congress is trying to pass legislation for its use in government, while the Office of Personnel Management, Health and Human Services and Department of Defense are already seeking to employ some AI apparitions for specific programs within their agencies. 

Experts in the field and members of congress are pushing for more research and development funding for AI so the U.S. can stay abreast or move ahead of foreign governments who, right now, seem to have the upper hand. 

In an article on the Nextgov website, Ian Buck, the vice president and general manager of accelerated computing at NVIDIA said, “AI is the biggest economic and technological revolution to take place in our lifetime.” With artificial intelligence projected to add $8 trillion to the U.S. economy by 2035, he said, “the bottom line is we cannot afford to let other countries overtake us.”

In another Nextgov article, Doug Maughan, director of the cybersecurity division in the Homeland Security Department’s Science and Technology Directorate, stressed the importance of federal agencies doubling-down on basic R&D to stay “relevant” in the competitive artificial intelligence space. (Both Nextgov articles can be found in the links below)

The AI movement is taking on a life of its own, no pun intended.  We are in the early stages of how these innovations will work with and for us in government and industry. Caution is recommended as we walk down this path. Federal leaders are still trying to get a handle on how this fits into our “ecosystem”. 

In a 2016 report from the White House entitled “Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy”, it states…… “Machines will continue to reach and exceed human performance on more and more tasks.

Most notably, AI creates important opportunities in cyber-defense, and can improve systems to detect fraudulent transactions and messages.”

In our facilities and labs AI and AI intelligent machines already play a role in operations and processes.  As more advances are made in this area, we should anticipate the affect it could have on emergency management operations and organizations. One thing is for sure, AI is here to stay.

In order for our industry to realize its fullest potential, it will require more tech-savvy federal employees” to understand its limits and use it to our best advantage where ever possible.

Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy

Executive Office of the President

 December 2016


H.R.5356 - National Security Commission Artificial Intelligence Act of


Digital Briefing Center: Intelligent Automation

Your guide to the future of AI-driven government innovation


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Lawmakers Worry the U.S. is Losing Its Edge in Artificial Intelligence


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The Pentagon Wants AI To Reveal Adversaries’ True Intentions

By Patrick Tucker

March 16, 2018


Artificial Intelligence Is Not the Right Tool for Everything, Top Army Scientist Says

March 14, 2018 By Jack Corrigan​